In roughly 3 days and 8 hours, I will be filing out of the Barn with the class of 2012 to begin this year’s commencement ceremony. At Bennington commencement, most people don’t wear cap and gowns (though they can) and we don’t do the pomp and circumstance thing. Instead, we divide up the festivities: on Friday night we’ll hear speeches by our senior class speaker (Bryan Conovor) and our commencement speaker (Peter freaking Dinklage) after a dinner that we’ll have with our family and friends under the tent currently taking up 3/4 of the lawn. Then on Saturday morning, we’ll listen to the chosen faculty speakers (still a mystery) and some brief words from our prez, Liz Coleman. Then we’ll do the walk and to finish, be led to the lawn for a reception by faculty playing musical instruments on stilts. But most importantly, we’ll all hear the words that are traditionally spoken at every graduation since 1936:
This is my last post for the Bennington blog. I’m not sure there’s another campus job that is as fun and rewarding as bi-weekly gushing about the fun and frustrations I’ve had here as a student. Though I’m mother flipping excited to have such a natural conclusion to my time here and move on to new things, I think I’ll always be just a little homesick for my friends, my professors, and the view from the end of the world. As a parting gift to all the incoming freshmen and prospective students, here are some tips for how to make the most of your time at Bennington:
There have been a lot of questions lately about financial aid at Bennington, all of which we have answered on our legit website. The average freshman award for financial aid in 2009-2010 was included $25,475 of grant/scholarship funding from institutional sources, or an average of $27,603 from institutional, federal, state, and private sources. Awards for U.S. freshmen with financial need also include $3,500 to $5,500 in subsidized and unsubsidized student loans, and a Federal Work-Study allocation of approximately $2,000.
If that doesn’t answer your questions, you should totes email the Financial Aid office at email@example.com, or call 800-833-6845.
This week has seemed particularly stressful for a lot of us on campus. Mid-terms may have just ended and finals might be a month away on our calendars, but we seem to have more work than ever. Here’s what some of us in Admissions are stressed about this week. And to counter all the negativity, what’s going well for us too!
Connie ‘12: ”My memoir class, my solo performance, my video class, my acting class, the Bennington Free Press. You can just put down that Connie is stressed about EVERYTHING. Oh, the future! That’s a big one.”
Jessieh ‘13: “Solo performance project, play script development, planning my advanced work with someone who’s not here due to sabbatical, constructing a Japanese identity around the history of brothels pre-1860s Japan, the fact that I need a massage and I don’t have the money for one…”
Janiele ‘12: “Yesterday I learned that most Americans don’t know the second verse of “Ring Around the Rosy” and it affected me emotionally. It’s two weeks before my advanced work in politics is due and I’m starting to feel the pressure on that. There’s a lot of pressure on where I am but also a lot of excitement about where I’m going and it’s stressful to balance that.”
Liam ‘14: “The presentation I have to give next Friday on Charles Stuart Parnell. I have to read like three 400 page biographies to do that presentation. Also my room is a den of filth and thieves.”
What’s going great:
Connie ‘12: “My solo performance is actually going well. It’s stressing me out, but I’m actually quite proud of it. I’m also proud of my pilot script, even though it’s not done. Also, Deadwood and Raising Hope and Game of Thrones. Pretty much television is my salvation.”
Jessieh ‘13: “My solo performance is starting to take shape, I’m really into my advanced dance project, I’m enjoying re-reading a book by Annie Rogers, THE KENNEDY HOME MOVIES ON NETFLIX, looking forward to sunny weather, my little sister looked great at prom, and the recent supply of diet Coke in the admissions office refrigerator.”
Janiele ‘12: “I’m really excited about my job in Japan, about moving there, and about getting to use my Japanese every day! Studying a language involves a lot of speculation about what you can do with that after college, and it’s great to know that it’s going to be a big part of my life and that it’s the thing that got me where I’m going.”
Liam ‘14: “My room is a den of filth and thieves. And senior dance concerts.”
Think of this as the relentless burrowing of a murine beast!
Prof. Alex Mihailovic on the noise of the weedwackers outside of our classroom in Eastern European Literature and Cinema
We have been receiving a CRAZY amount of questions lately and we love it. BUT. If you have more than one question or a question that needs a more technical answer, PLEASE EMAIL US! We love to get emails and help you out as an individual person, especially if you have a particular issue that has more to do with your application rather than the culture of the school. We want to make sure all your questions are answered as effectively as possible and within a reasonable time frame!
That way we can all look like this: